It’s hardly ideal preparation for head coach Mikel Arteta to have just one friendly before having to play the Premier League champions in the season’s curtain-raiser at Wembley, but that’s the nature of the current fixture schedule.
The Gunners’ cup final goalkeeper Emi Martinez will be missing as he self-isolates after he returned from a trip abroad so Bernd Leno will have the chance to reclaim his place in goal. In defence, there was no sign of Hector Bellerin against the MK Dons so you’d expect Cedric to start at right wingback tomorrow, with Bukayo Saka likely to take the role on the opposite flank. William Saliba, Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney could also be selected as the three centre-halves, with David Luiz having also missed the friendly at the Stadium: MK. In midfield, Granit Xhaka and Joe Willock are the two likeliest to be given the nod, with Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi having not played in preseason so far. Dani Ceballos has returned to Real Madrid after his loan spell came to an end. In the front three, Eddie Nketiah could be selected up top, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left. Willian is unlikely to play having been involved in Chelsea’s Champions League campaign earlier this month. Nicolas Pepe was also absent versus the MK Dons so Reiss Nelson could be selected on the right.
Arsenal’s Predicted XI To Face Liverpool: Leno, Cedric, Saliba, Holding, Tierney, Saka, Willock, Xhaka, Nelson, Nketiah, Aubameyang